MLS won’t take ‘in­ter­na­tional’ break

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

Ma­jor League Soc­cer will play again dur­ing World Cup qualifying but with a re­duced sched­ule.

Three games each are sched­uled dur­ing the June and Septem­ber in­ter­na­tional fix­ture pe­ri­ods and two in Oc­to­ber. Na­tional teams have the right to play­ers dur­ing those dates, mean­ing MLS clubs may be with­out stars. MLS will break be­tween July 6 and 19 for the group stage of the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Gra­ham Tay­lor, who was de­rided as Eng­land coach af­ter fail­ing to qual­ify for the 1994 World Cup, has died. Mr. Tay­lor en­joyed con­sid­er­able suc­cess as an English club man­ager for As­ton Villa and Wat­ford. He was 72.

Fran­cois “Swat” Van der Elst, who won club ti­tles in Bel­gium and the United States (with the Cos­mos) and made it to the 1980 Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship fi­nal with the Bel­gian na­tional soc­cer team, has died. He was 62.

With the top pick in the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League col­lege draft Thurs­day, the Bos­ton Break­ers se­lected Rose Lavelle out of Wis­con­sin.

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